Post # 1
My fiance is Jewish (well, not practicing, but that’s his claim to fame) and I’m Christian (practicing). We are doing an interfaith wedding and so far I love all the incorporation we’re doing. We have several Jewish and Christian traditions throughout the ceremony and reception. One request from his was that we do a couple Jewish dances during the reception, namely the chair dance and the one where everyone dances in a circle as the music gets faster and faster. Forgive me, I have no idea what they are called an neither does he! Please advise as to what they are called and also whether there are any fun, modern versions of each. His aunt offered me a version on a CD she has, but it’s scratchy/old sounding. We are having live music so I plan to put these songs on during the band’s break so we can do the dance songs then, but I still want the music to be high quality so that it won’t sound like we dug up an old tape and popped it in during the break 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 3
namely the chair dance and the one where everyone dances in a circle as the music gets faster and faster.
this is the same dance, it’s called the Hora (also spelled Horah).
Post # 4
@ellabee: Is it?? They told me they were different :/ I’m so lost! Would you mind telling me some other dances then?
Post # 5
@MrsTrigger:There are MANY MANY MANY.
Some of my favorites
(Siman Tov U ) Mazal Tov (but really it’s kind of just a chant)
Yesh (Yesh Yesh) — a line dance and lots of fun!
Hava Nagila (most popular song for dancing the hora)
Ma Na Vu
and then there are a bunch that I love but just can’t remember the names of them.
Like the *tushy tushy tushy woo!* that was my favorite!
Post # 6
@ellabee:Ok, really, I’m wrong. Those are SONGS not DANCES.
I think there is a website: israelidance.com or org. Check that out for video on the steps and maybe recommended songs?
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- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
definitel check out my blog posts on the main page Ijust added clips of music and tons of pictures. Please let me know if you have any questions! The “gushy song” from the previous poster is “mitzvah goret mitzvah” please feel free to pm me!
Post # 8
Actually, see if your band knows those songs – at least in our area, most at least know the hora. My fiance was pretty adamant about having a live band that knew the Jewish songs and he felt that a good band makes the Jewish dancing more lively.
Post # 9
Since this is interfaith, I’d really recommend having someone explain to the guests what to do when the Hora music starts. My husband is Jewish (by heritage, not religious at all) and we did the Hora – we had someone explain getting in circles, and the chair….but forgot to tell everyone to actually DANCE AROUND in the circles. So my family stood there clueless while his family tried to get them to go around us. It was pretty funny, actually. Everyone still had a good time with it…that’s all that matters (and, being up on the chair is scary but totally worth it!!)